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05KUWAIT4534
2005-10-23 06:43:00
UNCLASSIFIED
Embassy Kuwait
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MGXDO1: KUWAIT EARTHQUAKE ASSISTANCE UPDATE

Tags:   AEMR  ASEC  CASC  KFLO  MARR  PREL  AMGT  XD  KU 
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FM AMEMBASSY KUWAIT
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC IMMEDIATE 1451
INFO RUEHIL/AMEMBASSY ISLAMABAD IMMEDIATE 0854
RUEHZM/GULF COOPERATION COUNCIL COLLECTIVE PRIORITY
RUEHLO/AMEMBASSY LONDON PRIORITY 1041
						UNCLAS KUWAIT 004534 

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STATE FOR NEA/ARPI SWALKER, SA/FO FOR JGASTRIGHT, LONDON
FOR LTSOU, ISLAMABAD FOR TWILDER

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: AEMR ASEC CASC KFLO MARR PREL AMGT XD KU
SUBJECT: MGXDO1: KUWAIT EARTHQUAKE ASSISTANCE UPDATE

REF: A. SECSTATE 195483

B. KUWAIT 4398



1. (U) This is the second update from Post on Kuwaiti
assistance to the victims of the South Asia earthquake.



2. (U) Press reports over the last week cite planeloads of
Kuwait Red Crescent Society relief assistance arriving in
Pakistan and being channeled through the Pakistani Red
Crescent Society (PRCS) bringing food, tents and blankets to
victims. Another plane was expected to arrive on Thursday
with 10,000 tents and 100,000 blankets provided by KRCS.
KRCS has apparently rented a storehouse in Pakistan
($6000/month rent, according to press reports) to store food
items as necessary.



3. (U) The Kuwaiti Ambassador to Pakistan, Faisal Al-Mualifi,
noted in an interview with the Kuwait News Agency, that the
GOK would focus its assistance efforts on food items,
medicines, tents and blankets. The Acting Under Secretary at
the Kuwait Finance Ministry also confirmed to Econcouns
(reported septel) that KRCS's $50M share of the overall GOK
$100M pledge would be transmitted to the Red Crescent "today
or tomorrow."



4. (U) KRCS efforts have also been augmented by an initial
$100K contribution by the Kuwait Joint Relief Committee
(KJRC), which was announced on October 18 by KJRC delegation
head, Badur Al-Shamrekh, during a visit to Islamabad.
Al-Shamrekh indicated that KJRC will also contribute to
constructing small houses for displaced victims.



5. (U) Post plans to meet with KRCS and Ministry of Foreign
Affairs officials before the October 26 Geneva Donors
Conference (reftel A) to encourage continued GOK support to
help address outstanding needs as described in reftel.


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